I have been so blessed with connections made on this ephemeral web we travel. Ysabeau, Marietta, Rhyannon, and others have become an important part of my life, we share problems and solutions, and a sense of support and companionship important to me every day.
Through the internet I was also able to help in a small way with a book Deborah Cooke wrote (it's fantastic, BTW, if you love fantasy, you will love her new DRAGONFIRE series, romance reader or not).
As a thank you for the information about Ann Arbor, a city near my home, she sent me a copy of the book, and listed me on the acknowledgment page. I was thrilled and touched.
Another blessing is a daily blog I read by Alison Jeppson Hyde. We started corresponding, and became friendly through her blog, SPIN DYE KNIT, and through our mutual friendship with my sis-in-love, Lynn of Colorjoy.
I was so excited by the book Deborah sent that I totally missed the other surprise inside until she replied to my thank you note, asking if I had found it.
She knit a gorgeous lace scarf from lovely bluey-greeny lace-weight malabrigo... yummmm...
And the pattern? She used a lace pattern from knitty.com called Branching Out (it's also been known as 'apple leaves', and I'm sure other names.)
The thing is that it can also be found in Alison's book, WRAPPED IN COMFORT. It's the first project, 'Nina's Ann Arbor Shawl'. Shiver bumps.
When I wrote to Deborah telling her this, she said I'd given her another knitter to check out, that she didn't know Alison's work yet, but that she soon would :-}
I love how that circle connected.